Crowds gathered early on Monday morning to kickstart NAIDOC Week in Bunbury with a flag raising ceremony at the Graham Bricknell Music Shell. Wet weather wasn’t enough to deter the crowds, as dozens gathered around the shell to come pay respects. A brief pause in the rain allowed for the starting smoke ceremony and flags to be raised. Lead by Max Jetta Sr, the crowds were welcomed by passing through smoke as local elders raised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags on the flagpoles to the right of the shell. The weather would cause a slight interruption in the ceremony, with the crowd invited to jump up on stage to escape the then heavy rain by master of ceremonies Karen Jetta. Ms Jetta, and local elders welcomed everyone to the ceremony and were followed by a performance by the WA Country Health Services Choir,who have only recently formed, and the Warangka Band. Guest speakers Sharon Cooke and Charmaine Collard then addressed the crowd, before a brief morning tea. The flags were raise as a symbol of unity and respect across cultures this NAIDOC week, with guest speakers highlighting the importance of the message of this years celebrations, For Our Elders. The City of Bunbury will be hosting events throughout the rest of the week, concluding with the NAIDOC Awards Ball at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre on Saturday night.